Fleet request

Abdul Naji made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police

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Dear Northumbria Police,

Please could I request the following information regarding all vehicles within your fleet (dating from the year 2000 till present):
- The Vehicle Make & Model 
- The Registration Number
- The role of the vehicle
- The year the vehicle was commissioned
- The year the vehicle was decommissioned (unless still in use)

Yours faithfully,

A Naji

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

We follow force policy regarding record keeping, which means we have six years available.
We can provide information as at 1.4.13, 1.4.14, 1.4.15, 1.4.16, 1.4.17 and 1.4.18.

Please advise if you wish us to progress with that.

You should note information regarding covert vehicles will not be disclosed and relevant exemptions will be applied to withhold, and that will be fully explained in our response.

Your request remains on hold until we hear back from you.

FOI team

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Yes I would like to request that data. Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Abdul Naji

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')


Thank you for your e mail dated 5 June 2019 in which you made a request
for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.


As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority
(including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.


You asked:


Please could I request the following information regarding all vehicles
within your fleet for the last 6 year.

- The Vehicle Make & Model

- The Registration Number

- The role of the vehicle

- The year the vehicle was commissioned

- The year the vehicle was decommissioned (unless still in use)



We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.


Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fleet
Management Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information
you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.


I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached.


As previously advised covert and ARVs have been excluded from the data
provided and the following exemption has been applied to withhold.

To note covert and ARVs have not been provided and the following exemption
has been applied to protect vehicles in those roles.


Section 31(1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement



It is common knowledge that we have a national threat level, meaning a
terrorist attack is highly likely and      crowded places are highlighted
as possible targets. It is widely known that police forces use unmarked 
covert vehicles as part of their delivery of effective operational law
enforcement, however to reveal the number of covert vehicles together with
make, model and role of each vehicle would reveal tactical resources
available to the forces and would undermine ongoing covert investigations.
If this request was submitted nationally and the information was
disclosed, this awareness would provide a geographical picture of the
tactical covert vehicle strength of each individual force from a covert 
perspective. Furthermore, offenders would be aware of covert surveillance
vehicles and could take evasive action to avoid detection which would
inevitably lead to an increased likelihood of terrorist or criminal
activity and an increased danger to the public.

Recent events in Manchester, Paris, Brussels, Nice, Rouen, and Ansbach (as
well as spontaneous violent  extremist attacks, such as at Leytonstone
Tube Station) have all highlighted continued threat and vulnerability.
Northumbria Police has a duty to mitigate potential threats. Disclosure of
any information which is likely to undermine the Police service's ability
to serve the public in preventing and detecting crime can only be
considered as being harmful to the public.


For disclosure :

Such information would allow the public to be better informed as to the
availability of such vehicles to the force and may provide information to
allow accurate debate on such matters.


Against disclosure:

It would not be in either the public or police interests to provide
information which could aid those who are  intent on causing disruption or
harm to our communities or police services. By confirming the identity and
numbers of any such vehicles would compromise law enforcement tactics
which would hinder the prevention and detection of crime and put
individuals at risk. Disclosure of any information which highlights
tactical capability, particularly relating to these vehicles and
especially in the current climate, should therefore be resisted . This
information would be invaluable to those wishing to disrupt or prevent law
enforcement or commit or aid any terrorist activities.


Balance test

The Police Service is charged with enforcing the law, preventing and
detecting crime and protecting the communities we serve. The security of
the public is of paramount importance and the Police service will not
divulge information if to do so would place the safety of individuals at
risk or undermine law enforcement. Whilst there is a public interest in
the transparency of policing operations and providing assurance that the
police service is appropriately carrying out its duties, there is a very
strong public interest in safeguarding both law enforcement and the
integrity of police investigations and operations. We have therefore
concluded that to release information that would lead to the identity of
covert vehicles and ARVs or the associated teams vehicles that they are
used by would lead to an impact upon the prevention or detection of crime,
the apprehension of offenders and the administration of justice. 
Additionally we can see no tangible benefit or policing purpose of such
information being released into the public domain.


It is therefore our opinion that for these issues the balance lies in
favour of non disclosure of this particular part of your request.



Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a
specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an
indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.
Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the
procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses
between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative


The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be
strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as
amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not
re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.


The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to
publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider
public interest.


The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the


I have provided the relevant link below.





How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have
handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue
informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our
complaints procedure, attached.


If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and
reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain
whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely


Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor




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